On This Day

What Happened on October 1, 1956

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • American jockey Johnny Heckmann becomes first to ride 7 winners at Hawthorne Race Course at Stickney/Cicero near Chicago, Illinois
  • Zestienhoven airport at Rotterdam official opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Gina Haspel, American intelligence officer, First female director of the US CIA, born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • Leslie Burr-Howard, equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996)

Person of interestTheresa May

Theresa May, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 2016-), born in Eastbourne, England

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May

Famous Deaths

  • Stan Ockers, Belgian world champ cyclist (1955), dies at 36